Chelo is rice that is served over a meat, like a kebab. It is light and fluffy, and has a taste like no other.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 3 cups basmati or long grain rice
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Wash rice in cold water, Drain and place in large bowl. Add about 8 cups of warm water. Allow to sit for 2-3 hours covered.

After rice has soaked, drain and save 6 cups of the water.

Pour rice water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add rice and salt. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Remove rice from heat and drain.

Pour vegetable oil in bottom of saucepan, add rice, then 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil on top. Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until rice is done.


(Adapted from